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Monthly Archives: February 2012

Business & Politics

West Fraser predicts higher lumber prices

Quesnel Cariboo Observer
February 28, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

West Fraser’s fourth quarter saw $6.1 million in earnings, or $0.14 per share of sales. The figures are based off $650 million in 2011 and are after discontinued operations of $7.3 million or $1.47 per share on sales of $2,762 million for 2011. Earnings (loss) for continuing operations sits at 11 million.

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Bowater bailout bucks could be used better, small business group says

The Chronicle Herald
February 28, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Small-business owners wonder whether the big money bailout for the Bowater mill might be better spent elsewhere, says a spokeswoman for their organization. Leanne Hachey, Atlantic vice-president of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, told a legislature committee Tuesday that support for a bailout, like the $50-million-plus package for the Queens County pulp mill, varies, often by whether there would be an impact on an individual small business.

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Stick plant to reopen this week

Chronicle Journal
February 28, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Months of hard work and financial wrangling may be about to pay off for a business trying to set roots in the Thunder Bay area. Global Sticks president Reggie Nukovic said Monday a loan has been secured to buy enough wood to start production again.  “We are hoping the wood deliveries will arrive this week and we can have a soft opening,” Nukovic said in an interview.

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Oregon lumber mill cited for toxic chemical leaks and violations

U.S. EPA (press release)
February 28, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Seattle—Sanders Wood Products Company in Liberal, Oregon was found to have a series of PCB leaks and other violations of federal PCB laws at its lumber mill, according to a settlement reached with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The company will pay over $108,000 in penalties.

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Finnish forest industry’s export up 4 per cent in 2011

Pulp and Paper News
February 29, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

The value of forest industry production grew to €20.8 billion in 2011, up about 2% from the previous year. The value of the forest industry’s exports increased by 4%. Advance data indicates that the volume of wood products industry exports was up 4%, while exports of pulp and paper industry products remained on the previous year’s level.

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Global sawlog prices fell in late 2011

IHB
February 29, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Weakening lumber markets in Asia and Europe reduced demand for sawlogs in many countries late last year. As a result, log prices in a number of the major lumber producing countries in the world fell during the second half of 2011, according to the market report the Wood Resource Quarterly.

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Italy: Lower softwood-lumber demand

EUWID Wood Products and Panels
February 29, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Italian timber dealers and processors bought less softwood lumber in January 2012 than in January 2011. The unusual onset of winter at the beginning of February, especially for southern Italy, resulted in an additional reduction in demand for softwood lumber from Austrian and German sawmills. Another reason for the low level of business activity was the expectation among Italian dealers that softwood-lumber prices would remain steady or even show a slight fall in the coming months. 

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Tournesol Siteworks Uses Upcycled Urban Wood Instead of Rainforest Timber in Commercial Site Furnishings

February 29, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Many commercial-grade wood benches and tables are made using ipé, teak, and other exotic hardwoods harvested from the rain forests in South America and Southeast Asia. Domestic manufacturers of outdoor site furnishings are drawn to the durability of that lumber, but issues of rainforest deforestation, questionable chain of custody, and embedded energy in transit make these wood sources problematic. Mayor Bloomberg of New York City has gone so far as to issue a directive to reduce the city’s use of these Amazon rainforest woods by 20%.

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Wood recycling plan may belong in front of county

Marlboro residents miffed that application was removed from zoning board agenda
News Transcript
February 29, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

MARLBORO — Much to the dismay of a crowd of residents who were eager to speak up, members of the Marlboro Zoning Board ofAdjustment did not hear testimony regarding an application proposing a wood recycling facility at their Feb. 21 meeting. Atlantic Tree Reality, the applicant, is seeking a use variance to operate a wood recycling facility, to demolish an existing house and garage, and to construct a 60- by 40-foot shop/office building and a 60- by 100-foot shop building with a 25- by 100- foot canopy work area in a land conservation zone on property at 198 Tennent Road in the Morganville section of Marlboro.

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Forestry

BC loggers recovering after dramatic helicopter rescue near Ladysmith

The Province
February 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

Two injured loggers waited more than five hours on a cold, snowy slope before they could be rescued and taken to hospital Monday. The two men in their ‘50s were hit and knocked unconscious by a log they were moving at about 11:30 a.m. at a site southwest of Ladysmith near Holland Lake.

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A TLA SPECIAL EVENT: A NIGHT WITH MIKE PIHL, “THE AX MAN”

Nanaimo, BC. March 15, 2012
Truck Loggers Association
February 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Truck Loggers Association (TLA) is excited to bring to its members, guests, and the general public, Mike Pihl, star of the History Channel’s reality series, “Ax Men”. …“Ax Men” is the first-ever non-fiction series about the treacherous life of loggers. This series looks at the legacy that the pioneers of logging laid for the present and future generation of loggers.

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New facilities to improve Interior wildfire fighting

by BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
Press Release
February 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – New capital funding announced as part of Budget 2012-13 will allow an expanded zone office and new provincial wildfire training centre to be built in Merritt. The construction project will improve the Wildfire Management Branch’s fire suppression and monitoring capabilities within the Merritt Fire Zone, one of the largest fire suppression zones in the province.

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Coquitlam Mounties seek suspects in tree chopping

The Tri-City News
February 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Anmore residents are furious after vandals chopped down more than 35 trees on a 20-acre parcel of private land on the south end of Chestnut Crescent. Many of the trees were large cedar, hemlock and fir and much of the surrounding undergrowth and ecology in the area has been severely damaged.

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Beavers put dent in tree canopy: Bell | GuelphTribune.ca

Guelph Tribune
February 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Coun. Bob Bell says a plan that the city is developing to better manage its trees over the next 20 years should include a section on one of the enemies of trees – beavers.
Noting that about 100 riverside trees in Guelph were recently destroyed by beavers, Bell said the city should add a policy for removal of beavers to its policy for protecting trees.

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Bitterroot NF becomes more aggressive on beetle problem

KPAX.com
February 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

HAMILTON- It’s not as bad as in other national forests lands around the Rockies, but managers of the Bitterroot National Forest say they’re getting more aggressive to stopping the problem of pine beetles before they get out of hand. That was the message Bitterroot National Forest Supervisor Julie King had for Ravalli County commissioners as she met with the board last week to review forest management issues. Commissioners, and Ravalli County residents have been voicing increasing concerns that the pine beetle problem is getting worse in the Bitterroot, and they’re worried what that means for fire safety, and what’s left of the forest products industry.

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Increased timber sales sought to fund rural counties, schools

California Watch
February 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Proposed federal legislation would require increased timber sales in national forests to generate revenue for rural counties and schools – a plan that’s at odds with other Congressional efforts to extend a decade-old program that compensates forest communities that have cut back logging. Supporters of the bill – namely Republicans in the House Natural Resources Committee and groups representing counties and the timber industry – have applauded the proposal as a roadmap for better forest management and sustainable local revenue.

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2 commissioners to visit DC for O&C forest plan

Mail Tribune
February 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Two Jackson County commissioners will travel to Washington, D.C., today to meet with U.S. lawmakers and lobby on behalf of the O&C forest lands proposal they say could create thousands of jobs in 18 Oregon counties. …[They will discuss] the draft plan intended to manage around 2.5 million acres of O&C lands in 18 counties across Western Oregon that rely on federal timber receipts. The plan, called the O&C Trust, Conservation and Jobs Plan, proposes splitting the lands in two. One half would continue to be under the Bureau of Land Management, while the other half would be set aside for timber production and managed by a board of trustees appointed by the governor.

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Spotted owl recovery plan calls for killing barred owls and designating habitat, but allowing logging

by Eric Mortenson
The Oregonian
February 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Northern spotted owls earned a place on the endangered species list due to habitat loss from logging and fire, but their biggest nemesis now is an East Coast cousin.  Larger, more aggressive, more adaptable barred owls moved West in the 1960s, found food and shelter to their liking and have since displaced spotted owls throughout much of British Columbia to Northern California. Spotted owls declined 40 percent over the past 25 years, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says they may go extinct in some parts of their range if something isn’t done about barred owls.  So it means to kill them. 

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Agencies, wildlife groups join together to back logging-restoration project

Helena Independent Record
February 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A proposed project that includes logging, roadwork and weed spraying on national forest land north ofSeeleyLakeis pitting a wide-ranging array of organizations against four environmental groups that filed a lawsuit opposing the work. On Monday, organizations including the Seeley Lake fire department, the National Wildlife Federation, the Montana Wilderness Association, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Lewis and Clark, Missoula and Powell counties all filed legal briefs supporting the five-year project on 4,330 acres of the Lolo National Forest. Representatives of those groups said that the “unprecedented interest in the case marks the first time such a large and diverse number of groups and individuals have ever assembled to defend a forest restoration project in the court of law.”

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Conservationists sue over logging project on Flathead’s South Fork

The Missoulian
February 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

WHITEFISH – Conservation groups on Tuesday sued the U.S. Forest Service in an effort to halt a logging project in the South Fork of the Flathead River, arguing the timber sale will jeopardize critical wildlife habitat along the scenic river corridor. Friends of the Wild Swan and the Swan View Coalition filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Missoula with the aim of stopping the Spotted Bear River logging project, which would occur on public land in the Spotted Bear Ranger District of the Flathead National Forest.

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Conservationists oppose logging lawsuit in Lolo National Forest

The Missoulian
February 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

HELENA – A proposed project that includes logging, roadwork and weed spraying on national forest land north of Seeley Lake is pitting a wide-ranging array of organizations against four environmental groups that filed a lawsuit opposing the work. On Monday, organizations including the Seeley Lake fire department, the National Wildlife Federation, the Montana Wilderness Association, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Lewis and Clark, Missoula and Powell counties all filed legal briefs supporting the five-year project on 4,330 acres of the Lolo National Forest.

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Staying ahead of the game

Rapid City Journal
February 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Mountain Pine Beetles. Not a new phrase to any of you, I hope. But I have been taking a it’s-not-happening-here approach in delaying my worrying about this pest. But I have now been forced to face the fact that there are brown trees in our county. It is time to get someone smarter than me to decide which trees need to have something done – before we have a fully realized infestation.

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Wildlife officials weigh an ethical dilemma: Killing barred owls to benefit spotted owls

by Eric Mortenson
The Oregonian
February 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Federal wildlife officials in charge of protecting the northern spotted owl will release today a long-awaited environmental impact statement that lays out alternatives for killing barred owls, a larger, more aggressive and more adaptive species that has displaced spotted owls through much of their range in Oregon, Washington and northern California. …Also today, the wildlife service will release its designation of western land that is considered critical habitat for spotted owls. The designation requires federal agencies such as the Forest Service to consult with the wildlife agency when approving logging, road building or other activity in federal forests. Timber industry groups worry the designations will add another layer of review and possible legal challenges to federal timber sales, and question the impact on private land.

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The new timber industry

Montana Kaimin
February 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

It’s no surprise that the forestry industry in Montana is rotten. Researchers from the University of Montana’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research released new figures last week confirming this. Montana’s 2011 lumber production was down 50 percent from production in 2005. The heyday of permanent forestry jobs with the Forest Service right out of college is a distant fantasy for most new graduates. Students and professionals agree that new skills are needed to make it in today’s timber business wrought with litigations and a weak economy.

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Group pressing National Park Service for all communications with Quimby

Bangor Daily News
February 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Whenever millionaire environmentalist Roxanne Quimby has said her proposed North Maine Woods national park wouldn’t grow any larger than 70,000 acres, Andy Young didn’t believe her. …Young said he believes the 70,000-acre park is a mere seedling that would eventually grow into a 3.2 million acre park originally proposed by the group RESTORE: The North Woods about 20 years ago.

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Syracuse Bucks Trend in Urban Tree Decline, Study Says

U.S. Forest Service researchers based at ESF publish study
SUNY-ESF Headlines
February 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Urban tree cover has declined throughout the United States in the last few years, with the nation’s urban areas losing about 4 million trees per year, according to a recent study by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS). The one exception to the trend is Syracuse, which distinguished itself as the only city with an increase in tree cover. Overall tree coverage in Syracuse increased by one percent from 2003 to 2009.

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Forestry officials say 800-acre wildfire controlled in southwest Virginia; cause investigated

Associated Press
February 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

BLACKWATER, Va. — The Virginia Department of Forestry says they have controlled an 800-acre wildfire in the state’s remote southwest corner. The department said the fire in 8-foot buffalo grass was declared under control Tuesday afternoon after threatening more than 30 homes and other structures in the Blackwater area. The fire did not cause any injuries or structural damage.

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Back to Milton’s roots

Santa Rosa Press Gazette
February 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Pensacola State College will turn back the hands of time to when the lumber industry played a major role in Milton’s economy. The 24th annual Forestry Conclave and Lumberjack Festival will be held this Saturday, at PSC’s Milton campus. The event, which will begin at 8 a.m., is free to the community and offers a full day of fun activities.

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We need effective forest governance

Independent.co.ug
February 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Forests are vital to livelihoods, poverty alleviation and sustainable development of our economy. Sustainable development is development which meets the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. For us to achieve this sustainable development, environmental protection must constitute an integral part of the development process. Forest governance refers to the mechanisms and processes through which decisions that affect the forestry sector are addressed, the means by which power and authority are exercised and finally the extent to which accountability is maintained.

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Assam to spend Rs 425 Cr on forest management

February 29, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Guwahati: Assam is taking up a Rs 425 crore forest resource management project with financial support from France. “The project will be implemented for protection and conservation of the state’s forests and its resources,” Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said. “Destruction of hills, forests and natural environment is causing global warming and leading to problems like flashfloods, drought and landslides. In order to check such problems we must check destruction of forests and hence we are going to launch the project soon,” Gogoi said here.

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Can Russian timber shore up the economy?

BBC News
February 27, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A warm winter is rare in the Arkhangelsk region, an inhospitable, vast Russian tundra bordering the Barents and Kara seas. But this year it came close, with temperatures rarely dropping below -6C until the middle of January. Welcome relief, one might think, in a region where temperatures this time of the year often drop to -30C. But not so for the region’s loggers who make a living from harvesting some of the world’s largest forests. Decades of unsustainable logging, with all the trees close to the roads already felled, mean the forests have become difficult to reach.

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Forestry students seek sweeping changes

Times of India
February 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

BHUBANESWAR: Students of the College of Forestry under the OUAT are back on the street to vent their anger on the state government for not giving them job opportunities in the forest department. The students, particularly boys drew the attention of bystanders by wearing sarees and holding broomsticks as mark of protest on the Mahatma Gandhi Marg near the Assembly. “We will become hi-tech sweepers after passing from the College of Forestry because there are no job opportunities for us in the forest department,” Pramit Pritam Jena, general secretary of the students’ body.

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Guyana’s Wapichan tribe map their way toward a greener future

Reuters AlertNet
February 28, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

GEORGETOWN, Guyana – A group of Guyana’s indigenous people have unveiled a digital map of their territories as part of a project aimed at protecting 1.4 million hectares (5,400 square miles) of the country’s rainforest and preserving the community’s culture and language. The 10-year mapping project is part of a longstanding campaign to gain legal recognition of Wapichan rights to their traditional lands.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Wood to power Savannah River operations

Charleston Regional Business Journal
February 29, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

Sometime this month, 50 trucks a day will begin delivering wood chips to the new biomass steam and electricity generating station at the Savannah River Site, moving the federal reservation closer to green self-sufficiency and lower costs for energy. The semi, tractor-trailer rigs back up to a lift that tilts almost vertical and disgorges 40 tons of wood in six minutes. Already, 800 truckloads of wood are stockpiled at the 34-acre site of the $795 million energy plant, which fired up its boilers for the first time last month. Initially supplying about 10 megawatts of electricity to SRS, it will boost output to 20 megawatts when fully operational.

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The EU Commission proposes strategy for sustainable bioeconomy

Pulp and Paper News
February 28, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The European Commission has recently adopted a strategy to shift the European economy towards greater and more sustainable use of renewable resources. With the world population approaching 9 billion by 2050 and natural resources finite, Europe needs renewable biological resources for secure and healthy food and feed, as well as for materials, energy, and other products.

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Fire rages at RWE’s UK biomass power plant

Reuters
February 27, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

RWE npower said on Monday that a fire had broken out in a fuel storage area at its wood-pellet-fired Tilbury power station, which is located to the east of London and is Britain’s largest dedicated biomass plant. The company said no injuries had been reported in the fire that broke out at 0745 GMT, and added that police and 100 fire-fighters were at the plant, which only began generating power last month.

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Biomass plans called into question after Tilbury Power Station fire

Friends of the Earth Scotland repeated its opposition to proposed biomass plants as firefighters battled to contain a major outbreak in a wood-burning power station in Essex.
Scotland Courier
February 28, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Forth Energy played down the concern that there may be a connection between the drama at Tilbury Power Station and its plans for Scotland. …”Clearly power stations that store large amounts of combustible materials on-site pose considerable public safety risks. It is paramount that the highest safety standards are followed, especially when the sites are close to people’s homes as would be the case if the large-scale biomass proposals for Dundee, Rosyth and Grangemouth get the go-ahead.

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Sahara Forest Project pilot to be built in Qatar

Wired.co.uk
February 28, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

A project to make the Sahara Desert bloom has made a step closer to reality after a pilot project in Qatar won $5.3 million (£3.3 million) in funding. The 10,000 m2 area site will house the green technologies that are hoped could be used on a large scale within the desert to establish vegetation and reverse trend of deforestation — the Sahara Forest Project.

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General

Tournesol Siteworks Uses Upcycled Urban Wood Instead of Rainforest Timber in Commercial Site Furnishings

February 29, 2012
Category: Uncategorized

Many commercial-grade wood benches and tables are made using ipé, teak, and other exotic hardwoods harvested from the rain forests in South America and Southeast Asia. Domestic manufacturers of outdoor site furnishings are drawn to the durability of that lumber, but issues of rainforest deforestation, questionable chain of custody, and embedded energy in transit make these wood sources problematic. Mayor Bloomberg of New York City has gone so far as to issue a directive to reduce the city’s use of these Amazon rainforest woods by 20%.

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Assam to spend Rs 425 Cr on forest management

February 29, 2012
Category: Uncategorized

Guwahati: Assam is taking up a Rs 425 crore forest resource management project with financial support from France. “The project will be implemented for protection and conservation of the state’s forests and its resources,” Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said. “Destruction of hills, forests and natural environment is causing global warming and leading to problems like flashfloods, drought and landslides. In order to check such problems we must check destruction of forests and hence we are going to launch the project soon,” Gogoi said here.

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